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David Hursh

Teaching & Curriculum

LeChase Hall 452
Office Phone: (585) 275-3947
Fax: 486-1159


PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison (curriculum theory and research)
MS, Kansas State University (family and child development)
BS, Kansas State University (social science)

David Hursh is a professor in the teaching and curriculum program. His recent research and writing reflect three specific areas of interest. First, he situates the current corporate-based education reform effort within the context of the rise and dominance of neoliberal economic policies. This includes examining the changing role of governance in society where philanthropists, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and investment fund managers increasingly influence education policy. 
Second, he has worked to design and implement curriculum that promotes a sustainable society. This ranges from reconceptualizing educational goals to include practices that contribute to understanding the physical and social world as a holistic system. This includes not only teaching about energy and water use, but also creating an environment that supports the health of humans and other living things. He has created lessons and taught in classrooms in sub Saharan Africa as well as urban and suburban schools in the United States. He also worked with the Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2011-12 on the Millennium Development Project on attaining the Millennium Development Goals.
Third, he studies the way in which education policy is increasingly globalized so that the politics of education reform have similarities across different countries. Most recently, he has been speaking, teaching, and researching in New Zealand and Australia.
Hursh is responsible for teaching three courses:  ED 404 Teaching, Curriculum and Change; ED 532 Action Research Methods; and EDU 428 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary School.  He occasionally teaches an advanced doctoral seminar, most recently on globalization and education. In his Teaching, Curriculum and Change course, Hursh encourages students to conduct research on past and current issues in education, including the role of philanthropists, standardized testing, teachers unions, and inequality. His doctoral course on action research prepares students to use action research to investigate their own and others’ educational practices. Finally, his course on elementary social studies supports teachers and teacher candidates in developing curriculum and pedagogy in social studies education. Hursh supports students in raising and answering questions that are personally and politically significant.
Hursh’s most recent publications focus on the changing governance of public schools, including the increasing impact on education policy by philanthropists, corporations, non-governmental agencies and politicians. He has also written both theoretical and practical articles and books about education for sustainability as well as social studies education.
Hursh has given presentations on the above topics in the United States and around the globe. He has given addresses at the United Nations, in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Canada, and at numerous international conferences in Europe and North America. He is the associate editor for the Americas for the Journal of Education Policy and an associate editor for the journal Policy Futures in Education. In addition to his appointment as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Hursh has been on the faculty of Swarthmore College, a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, a visiting scholar at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand and the University of Redlands, Redlands, California, and a research fellow at Bristol University, Bristol, England. 

Some of his major publications include:
Education Policy
Hursh, D. (2015). The End of Public Schools: The Corporate Reform Agenda to Privatize Education. New York: Routledge.
Hursh, D. (2015). EvenMore of the Same: How Free Market Capitalism Dominates Education. In P. Carr and B. Porfilio (Eds.) The Phenomenon of Obama and the Agenda for Education: Can hope audaciously trump neoliberalism?  (2nd edition) Charlotte, NC: Information Publishing.
Hursh, D. (2013). “Raising the Stakes: High-Stakes Testing and the Attack on Public Education in New York.”Journal of Education Policy, 28(5). 574-588. DOI:10.1080/02680939.2012.758829
Hursh, D. (2008). High Stakes Testing and the Decline of Education: The Real Crisis in Education. Lanham, M:  Rowman & Littlefield).
Environmental Sustainability
Hursh, D., Henderson, J. & Greenwood, D. (2015). Environmental education in the neoliberal climate. Environmental Education Research 21(3), 299-316.
Henderson, J. A. & Hursh, D. (2014). Economics and education for human flourishing: Wendell Berry and the Oikonomic Alternative to Neoliberalism. Educational Studies. 50(2), 167-186.
Hursh, D. & Martina, C.A.(2011). Teaching Environmental Health to Children: An Interdisciplinary Approach. DortrechtThe Netherlands: Springer Science and Business.
Social Studies
Hursh, D. & Ross, E.W. (Eds.) (2000). Democratic Social Education: Social Studies for Social Change. London: Falmer.
YouTube presentations:
Keynote address: New York State as a cautionary tale (2014). New Zealand union of primary teachers and administrators. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW4vZGsLiL4
University of Rochester Meliora Address (2013): High-stakes testing and the decline of teaching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIQu2Hh_YkI

Publications Available on the Web

The Crisis in Urban Education: Resisting Neoliberal Policies and Forging Democratic Possibilities (Book review for the Educational Researcher)

Undermining democratic education in the USA: The consequences of global capitalism and neo-liberal policies for education policies at the local, state, and federal levels

Neoliberalism and schooling in the U.S.: How state and federal government education policies perpetuate inequality

We all live downstream: Transforming knowledge and thinking through teaching and learning about the relationship between the environment and human health

Neoliberalism, markets, and accountability: Transforming education and undermining democracy in the United States and England

In the News

11/10/2015 New Book Aims to Reassert the “Public” in Public Education
4/08/2015 Wednesday Lunch Hour — Andrew Cuomo and the Attack on Public Schools
3/17/2015 UR Warner School Professor, Alumnus Honored with Guest Editor Post for Environmental Education Journal
7/31/2014 Sharing the Experience of School Reforms Overseas
7/31/2014 David Hursh on Teacher Tenure in Democrat & Chronicle
6/19/2014 David Hursh on State Assessments
6/17/2014 Follow the Money: How Education Policy is Made in New York. A Dialogue. (Presented by David Hursh)
6/11/2014 David Hursh Discusses the Money Behind the Common Core on WXXI's Connections
4/03/2014 David Hursh Delivers MEL Talk on High-Stakes Testing and the Teaching Profession
3/13/2014 David Hursh Featured on Education Historian Diane Ravitch's Blog
8/11/2013 David Hursh on Common Core Test Scores in Democrat and Chronicle
6/14/2013 David Hursh Talks School Rankings on WXXI's Need to Know Rochester
5/24/2013 David Hursh, Warner Students on Saving Teaching on WXXI
4/24/2013 Larson, Hursh on the Teaching Profession in City Newspaper
3/13/2013 Education for Environmental Health and Sustainability in Developing Countries with David Hursh
12/04/2012 Hursh Comments on RCSD Plan to Add 300 Hours to School Year on 13WHAM  
10/17/2012 The Failure of Corporate School Reform: Chicago and Beyond
9/24/2012 WXXI's Innovation Conversation: Middle School Moment
6/15/2012 David Hursh Interviewed by Education Radio
3/27/2012 David Hursh Profiled in Democrat and Chronicle
2/08/2012 Focus on Education in the Developing World
11/16/2011 New Book Shows Environmental Health Belongs in the Classroom
8/10/2011 Warner Professor Discusses Education Issues on WXXI
7/14/2011 Revamping Health Education Curriculum in Uganda
5/11/2011 Hursh Discusses Education, Environment on WXXI
4/28/2011 WXXI 1370 Presents Environmental Sustainability, Ecology, and Higher Education
3/22/2011 Environmental Education, Biological Diversity, and Resilience: Lessons from East Africa
12/16/2010 David Hursh Talks Education Reform on WXXI's 1370 Connection
10/04/2010 Hursh Discusses Education Issues on WXXI
9/17/2010 Teaching. Learning. Giving: A Lesson in Education, Health, and Sustainability in Makindye, Uganda
9/13/2010 Warner Helps Rochester City School Teachers Enhance History Lessons
8/18/2010 Warner Professor Weighs in on Education Issues on Radio Show
7/27/2010 Democrat and Chronicle Column Focuses on Professor's Global Sustainability Efforts
6/30/2010 Hursh in Vancouver Observer on Neoliberalism and Public Schools
6/07/2010 Warner Professor Shares Uganda Experience on WXXI
5/13/2010 New Interdisciplinary Curriculum Enables Schools to Pioneer Global Environmental Sustainability Efforts
5/04/2010 Hursh Quoted in ABC News Story on Mayoral Control
2/17/2010 Democrat and Chronicle Shares Professor's Critique of Mayoral Control
2/01/2010 Professor Will Discuss Changes to NCLB on WXXI
1/29/2010 Hursh Discusses Mayoral Control of Rochester Schools on YNN Rochester
12/28/2009 Hursh Discusses Mayoral Control of City Schools on WXXI 1370 Connection
12/02/2009 Hursh Featured in the News on Sustainability Education
11/15/2009 No Child at the Nextstage at the Geva Theatre Center
9/10/2009 Hursh Quoted in Parenting Magazine on High-Stakes Testing
8/28/2009 Warner Professor Will Discuss Issues in Education Policy on Radio Program
3/05/2009 Hursh Talks to WXXI About President Obama's Education Policy
1/30/2009 Hursh Authors Chapter in Landmark Handbook on Social Justice
10/31/2008 Hursh Quoted in Democrat and Chronicle on Mock Election
10/15/2008 Wednesday Lunch Hour
8/07/2008 Hursh Featured in Democrat and Chronicle on Curriculum-Free Schools
4/08/2008 Warner Professor Leads Community Discussion on High-Stakes Testing
4/01/2008 University of Rochester Conference Examines Effects of a Globalizing World
3/01/2008 Hursh Releases Book on High-Stakes Testing; Signing and Reading Set for March 1
2/21/2008 Hursh Talks to WXXI about High-Stakes Testing
7/02/2007 WXXI-TV Interviews Hursh on No Child Left Behind
5/01/2006 Hursh Co-Authors New Book on Contemporary Schooling
3/27/2006 Author Jonathan Kozol to Speak in Rochester
11/01/2005 Hursh Quoted in City
11/13/2003 Impact of High-Stakes Testing to be Explored in Public Lecture


ED404 Teaching, Curriculum, and Change
EDF408 Student Teaching in Elementary Schools B
EDF409 Student Teaching in Inclusive Elementary School Settings B
EDU428 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary School
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
ED532 Action Research Methods (1 credit)
ED551A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1A
ED551B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1B
ED551C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1C
ED552A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2A
ED552B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2B
ED552C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2C
ED553 Teaching & Curriculum Dissertation Proposal Seminar
ED554 Action Research Dissertation Seminar I
ED555 Action Research Dissertation Seminar II